October 10, City of Schenectady Public Hearing on Tobacco-Free Grounds

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on October 6, 2017


The City of Schenectady is inviting public comment to consider the adoption of a local law that prohibits the use of tobacco products on city property. Currently, more than 125 local municipalities in New York State have adopted a smoke- or tobacco-free policy for their properties, clearing the air for people to access public buildings without being exposed to secondhand smoke.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7:00 pm Tuesday, October 10 at City Hall, Room 209, 105 Jay Street, as part of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up to speak.

The City of Schenectady currently prohibits tobacco use in city parks, a law that was passed in 2012. The proposed law would prohibit tobacco use, including electronic products, within 50 feet of city-owned buildings. You can read the specific provisions of the proposed law here.

If you’re unable to attend the public hearing on the 10th, you can share your opinion with City Council members by emailing the City Clerk, Chuck Thorne.

For more information on the benefits of tobacco-free worksites, visit the Tobacco-Free Worksites page of the CDTFC website.





UAlbany commits to go tobacco-free!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on September 20, 2017

Congratulations to UAlbany for being one of five NYS colleges to be awarded a  Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) grant to develop and implement a 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policy.  TFGCI is funded by CVS Health, in partnership with Truth Initiative and the American Cancer Society, to provide resources and technical assistance to 126 colleges across the country in their efforts to create healthier environments for their campus communities. 

UAlbany is the largest of the Capital District’s college communities employing more than 4,000 people and serving more than 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students on three separate campuses.

Go, Great Danes!

Read more about TFGCI and the NYS grantees here.
Learn more at New York State Tobacco-Free Colleges.